How sweet it is!

Tina’s Sweet Celebrations marks second anniversary

MARTINS FERRY — A local bakery known for its sweet treats and tasty lunchtime fare is celebrating its two-year anniversary by offering its customers a chance to win giveaways starting Monday.

Tina’s Sweet Celebrations opened at its current location at 819 S. Zane Highway two years ago. Owner Tina Koller said to celebrate the shop’s success people can stop in and sign up for a chance to win prizes of baked goods all week long.

Koller started her business at home and ran the bakery from there for its first five years. Prior to that, she and her husband, George, worked at the Giant Eagle bakery in Bridgeport for 18 years. When the grocery store flooded years ago they both lost their jobs.

Koller said when she started her own business she always knew she wanted to expand, but she didn’t know just how successful it would become.

In addition to herself and her husband keeping the financial books, Tina’s employs seven other people. She said having good employees who work well together makes Tina’s “a well oiled machine.”

“You have to keep a constant production,” Koller said of keeping up with the amount of goods made there. “We have seven employees and they all do a good job.”

In addition to doughnuts, Danish pastries, gourmet cupcakes, cookies, cakes, 25 flavors of cheesecake, pizzelles and more, Tina’s also started offering hot foods, such as homemade soups and sandwiches, last year at the shop’s “grab and go” station. She also offers cold pasta salads and chicken salad sandwiches made on her homemade croissants. She makes other types of bread as well.

The inside of the shop has a seating area where people can enjoy their lunch or baked goods and coffee.

All of Tina’s baked goods are made in-house with the exception of cake pops made locally by Kara Shutler of Kara’s Cake Pops.

“It’s been even better than we expected,” Koller said of opening a storefront. “We’ve gotten a lot of support. We have a lot of customers from Martins Ferry, Wheeling and even from Steubenville and Weirton.”

Koller said she has even started supplying cheesecake to a local restaurant — West Texas Roadhouse in St. Clairsville. On their menu is her Buckeye Cheesecake.

Because of their success, Koller said she nows gets to do something she always wanted to do — make special cakes for A Special Wish Foundation in St. Clairsville.

In addition to giveaways each day next week, Koller said on Saturday, March 24, River Radio will be broadcasting live from her shop as part of the celebration.